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BLE Day 56

Good morning Day 56!!

I’m rather amazed that I’ve kept up with this for 56 whole days!  I’m not sure if I’ve ever successfully managed to change such a big habit like this and stick to it for 56 days before.  I definitely know I’m not looking back because this is working, I feel fabulous, and my food has never been more enjoyable!

Today I failed to take any planner pictures so we will just jump right into my breakfast. The rice was leftover from my husband’s late supper last night and I quickly swiped out 4oz so I could eat it for breakfast.  Two fried eggs (with Pam) and grapes rounded out a great “savory” meal, a change of pace from the rest of this week!

I want you to notice the super cute dish that the grapes are in.  Also, please ignore the paper plate that my breakfast is on.  I had done NO dishes and there was not even one plate in the cupboard!! (They are done now, but at the time of breakfast, that was the reality!)

These are The Pioneer Woman little measuring bowls.  I fell in love with them and bought all three sets at Walmart after gazing at them on several different trips and longing to own them.  They were so cute and special that I put them in the China Hutch and then NEVER USED THEM.

Today I decided that I was not going to wait to live my life, so I removed all the paper protectors between each bowl and found a place in my main cupboard to store them.

I threw those paper dividers right into my garbage can, after waffling a bit about feeling like I should keep them “in case”.  I don’t want to live my life for the “in case” either, so into the trash they went.  I plan to USE these adorable little bowls, that bring me joy every time I look at them, every day as much as I possibly can.

Why leave them in the “special” hutch, for a “special” occasion??  LIVE, ENJOY, EMBRACE!!  That is my approach to so many things now because life is happening and I want to be present and LIVE it!!

My grapes were SO CUTE in that bowl!!

After doing some chores at home, I packed my lunch and headed back to my classroom to do some work.  My lunch was ready for me and I love that I’m practicing with my Planet Box and figuring out how my food is going to fit into it.  I cut my apples at home and then put them into a ziplock sandwich bag.  Before sealing the bag completely shut, I sucked as much air out of it as I possibly could to sort of vacuum pack the apples.  They stayed nice and fresh looking which made me happy!

Our little school has a greenhouse.  It is flourishing right now and I was able to bring home a nice zucchini and a small cucumber!

This evening a friend invited me to go on a small hike and take a dip in the lake.  I grabbed 2 packs of mixed nuts, a cheese stick, some garden snap peas that I pulled out of the shells, and some carrot sticks and ate them in the car while we drove to the lake.  We ended up having a girls’ night with four of us and we enjoyed the evening, the sunset, and the friendship!

The sun was sinking over the hills as we made our way to the little swimming hole.  I didn’t swim this time, but definitely want to go back when it’s a little earlier in the day.  I could have stayed there for hours, but the mosquitos came in force as dusk so we headed back to the car.

It was a beautiful day, my lines were almost perfectly bright, and I got a lot done!  I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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BLE Day 55

Today was full of all kinds of amazing!!  It started with a plan that I followed almost perfectly!!

Breakfast was the old standby…Shredded Wheat & Bran, yogurt, and berries from the garden.  The blueberries were fresh picked and the others were in the freezer.  I hope the day will come when we have enough blueberries to need to freeze them, but for now, there are plenty to eat fresh for the next week or so!

I really enjoy the nuts each morning and I wanted to share a couple tips today.  When I buy nuts from Costco, I buy both the salted mixed nuts and the unsalted.  When I get home, I dump both jars into a huge bowl and mix them all together.  Then I put them back into the containers.  This results in the nuts being half salted and half unsalted.  They end up tasting salty, but I know they aren’t as salty as the straight salty ones!  I don’t think anyone in this family has an issue with salt, but it feels a little more “healthy” to mix them, so I do it!!

The next tip has to do with yogurt.  I’ve been wanting to try this for several weeks and today I finally just did it.  These tiny little canning jars are normally used for making jellies and jams.  I wanted to see how much yogurt would fit into one jar and was very please to see that exactly 4 ounces fit perfectly!  Since I eat 4 ounces for breakfast many mornings, I’m happy to buy the large container and just fill these tiny jars to use throughout the week.  I will also keep some small containers on hand for when I have to eat on the run, but when I’m home (and in a hurry), I love having this option!

I decided to take a picture of myself today.  I’ve lost 15 lbs, which puts me half way to my goal weight and the image in the mirror made me smile today.

I also headed to my classroom to get started on preparing for the new school year.  It felt great to be in my “chair” again even though my desk was still a disaster, exactly how I had left it when school ended last June!

I brought my wonderful little BLE lunch and look forward to packing my lunches in my Planet Box divided lunch container.  I need to double check the amount of lentils allowed at lunch because this was just 4 ounces, and I’m thinking that maybe it should have been 6 ounces.  It felt like not much, but the other food filled me up anyway.

It’s funny how everywhere I turn there are traces of my old life and old eating patterns.  This little jar was on my teacher desk and the chocolate bar and hot chocolate were in my cubby.  I just looked at them and smiled and thought, “You have no power over me any longer!”  I”ll find someone to share them with when we do the school work bee!  I’ll also try to find something else to put into this cute jar that was a gift from one of my students who is moving and won’t be coming back.

Tip #3 today is something I believe I’ve talked about before.  Mason jar storage keeps food fresh longer in the fridge, so I dutifully cut my grapes into small bunches and put them into these 2-quart jars.  It’s so easy to pull out a few bunches, wash them, and have them ready for a quick lunch!  Everyone eats them faster this way as well because all that needs to be done is for them to get washed!  This is the new “fast food” and kids will gravitate to food that is prepped and ready to eat! (Tip for parents!)

The one change on my planned menu today was supper.  I wanted a light protein so decided to have tofu with the yellow beans I had picked from the garden the other day.  These are my “go-to” seasonings for tofu and a lot of other savory things that I make.  The yellow one on the left is McKays Chicken Style Seasoning and the one on the right is something I found at Costco (I think I showed this one already, and maybe both of them).  I used them both on the tofu tonight.

Instead of using oil in my pan, I used vegetable broth.  I read about doing that in someone’s food blog recently and I thought it was an excellent idea.  The tofu soaked up the broth while it cooked which added more flavor to it!

Well seasoned tofu is a must because the seasonings are what give it flavor!

My pan must have been on the burner a little crooked because one side looks nice and toasty brown while the other side looks like it needed more heat!

My supper tonight was completely from the garden, except for the tofu.  Everything was delicious and again, so rewarding knowing that we grew it ourselves!! I didn’t eat the kale leaf and completely forgot that I could have added a fat to this meal.  Oh well!!

Tomorrow is my official weigh in day.  I’ve been weighing all week long and things haven’t budged since last week.  I’m hoping i’ll drop  my usual pound by tomorrow morning.  I’m also going to get those measurements done so I can compare to June and July!

Time to also grab some water and get drinking before I go to bed.  I’ve really failed to drink my water this week and I’m not sure why.

That’s a wrap!!  See you tomorrow!

More Cake Magic

Once again, Kaelyn is working some magic with “cakes”…this time for a project for English class at school.

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She and her friend worked together to decorate cupcakes, and an African Gray parrot, made out of Rice Krispies and frosting.

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The process was fun, but took a lot of time and effort.

At school, they will present the bird with the cupcakes all around the bottom.

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I’m happy to report that they did get an “A” on the project.  Everyone thought the bird was amazing!!

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Silverwood

Last Thursday, Computer Boy’s class went to Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho!  It was supposed to be a “science day”, but aside from one small science type project, it was just a day of pure fun and leisure!

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Computer Boy (middle) and his 2 best buds rode together in our car.  These three have been great pals this entire school year, but sadly, it’s possible that both boys will not be back next year (one is moving to the midwest, and the other…well, we’re praying that their family will be able to relocate to this area, so he can come back!).

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It was a spectacular day, with incredible skies, and the weather was decently warm when the sun wasn’t behind the clouds!

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While this park is small (compared to what I grew up with in So. CA), the rides are great fun, and as my friend said, “If we could bottle the adrenaline, and sell it”, we’d be rich!!

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On a day like this one, Cotton Candy is a must have, at least for the younger generation!

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For our splash of “science”, the boys had to work together, using 10 straws, a roll of tape, and 1 egg, to create a “shield” of protection.  Once the kids had their eggs protected, those in charge, took all the eggs and began dropping them from 5 ft, 10 ft, 15 ft, etc. onto concrete, to see whose egg would last the longest.  Our egg broke at either 10 or 15 ft ( I don’t remember which), and the egg that outlasted all the others, was dropped from 20 ft!!  I don’t know if we figured out a good strategy, based on the other eggs that did better than ours, but I’m sure if we come next year, the boys will have a better idea of what to do, and will possibly have more time to actually implement their ideas!

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As we were leaving, the boys found these most excellent glasses!  Is there anything better than a 5th or 6th grade boy??  We (the boys and 2 moms) had a most excellent day!

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On a side note, I found a few moments to completely enjoy the landscaping at the park.  This was especially appealing to me, so I snapped a photo so I could try to duplicate it at home!